elect

adjective
\ i-ˈlekt How to pronounce elect (audio) \

Definition of elect

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : carefully selected : chosen
2 : chosen for salvation through divine mercy
3a : chosen for office or position but not yet installed the president-elect
b : chosen for marriage at some future time the bride-elect

elect

noun
plural elect

Definition of elect (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : one chosen or set apart (as by divine favor)
2 elects plural : a select or exclusive group of people

elect

verb
elected; electing; elects

Definition of elect (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to select by vote for an office, position, or membership elected her class president
2 : to make a selection of will elect an academic program
3 : to choose (something, such as a course of action) especially by preference might elect to sell the business

intransitive verb

: to make a selection

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Examples of elect in a Sentence

Adjective

this elect body of students represents the best that the nation's high schools have to offer

Noun

the members of this all-American team are the elect of collegiate football

Verb

He hopes to be elected to the committee. I've elected to study French as my foreign language.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Why not just elect congressional members at-large, statewide? Rich Exner, cleveland.com, "Ohio Issue 1 Q&A: congressional redistricting and the ills of gerrymandering - Election preview," 3 May 2018 Both Berlioz and Mahler were visionaries before their time — an elect pantheon to which Morlot adds Charles Ives. Thomas May, The Seattle Times, "Seattle Symphony sets tone for ambitious season with Mahler choral epic," 15 Sep. 2017 Alex Arshinkoff, 62, an Ohio political boss credited with mentoring a generation of young politicians and helping elect presidents, has died. Philly.com, "Alex Arshinkoff | Ohio GOP leader, 62," 30 Aug. 2017 COLUMBUS, Ohio — Alex Arshinkoff, a GOP political boss credited with mentoring a generation of young politicians and helping elect presidents, has died. Washington Post, "Arshinkoff, dubbed most effective GOP chairman by Bush, dies," 29 Aug. 2017 Some of the profits from the Kickstarter campaign and Warren's figure sales will go toward Emily's List, a nonprofit organization helping elect pro-choice Democratic women to office. Nancy Coleman, CNN, "Pint-sized persistence: Elizabeth Warren action figure fights the patriarchy from your pocket," 9 June 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

When the president-elect took the temporary stage on the Zócalo, people cheered and wept some more. Madeleine Wattenbarger, The New Republic, "Did the Mexican People Really Win?," 5 July 2019 DeSantis also earned $15,297 from the state last year while governor-elect in the transition period. Jim Turner, orlandosentinel.com, "Ron DeSantis’ net worth drops 9% during run for governor," 1 July 2019 Crystal is also the incoming president-elect for the Ohio Society of CPAs. Tom Cooney And Crystal Faulkner, Cincinnati.com, "BusinessWise: Job descriptions should be updated regularly," 24 June 2019 The Alabama Republican Party along with Jefferson and Shelby County GOP hosted a re-elect Trump party Tuesday night to watch President Donald Trump announce his re-election campaign for 2020. Hailey Auglair | Hauglair@al.com, al.com, "Alabama Republicans host re-elect Trump watch party during his Orlando rally," 19 June 2019 Mikie Sherrill, the Congress member-elect for New Jersey’s 11th House District, told Bloomberg. Li Zhou, Vox, "It’s official: a record-breaking number of women have won seats in Congress," 7 Nov. 2018 Jolene Thompson, executive vice-president of American Municipal Power, Inc and executive director of the Ohio Municipal Electric Association, has been named chair-elect of the American Public Power Association Board of Directors. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland.com, "Ohio Senate enters budget week: Capitol Letter," 17 June 2019 For more information, contact Simone McCune, Ramona Rotary president-elect, at 760-788-7564 or Greene at 760-788-6960. Ramona Sentinel, "Rotary kicks off fireworks campaign," 13 June 2019 Currently president-elect, Sosin will become president of the 27-member board of governors of the association, which oversees the operation and management of the bar association. Mike Nolan, Daily Southtown, "Orland attorney new president of state bar association," 7 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Hunter was re-elected in his strongly Republican congressional district in San Diego County last year despite the indictment. CBS News, "Judge to make key decisions for indicted congressman Duncan Hunter's trial," 8 July 2019 Edwards would have to resign her seat on the council to run, while West, re-elected last year, can run from his perch in the Texas Senate. Gromer Jeffers Jr., Dallas News, "Former Democratic U.S. Rep. Chris Bell running for Senate seat held by John Cornyn," 3 July 2019 To fill her chair temporarily, ABC has elected the one and only Keke Palmer to co-host with Michael Strahan on Strahan and Sara. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The Real Reason Why Keke Palmer Is Hosting the 'GMA' Show 'Strahan and Sara'," 2 July 2019 In England, about 10% of people — mostly wealthier people — elect for private coverage, which can yield faster access to care. Jon Greenberg, Scientific American, "Democrats Divided on “Medicare for All” in First Debate," 27 June 2019 The event, Bunch said, was intended as a meeting of Hispanic and Latino Republicans who want to see President Donald J. Trumnp re-elected in 2020. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "Latinos for Trump event in The Woodlands shifts after security issues, confusion over attendees," 20 June 2019 The city manager, who is un-elected, oversees all other Phoenix employees. Jessica Boehm, azcentral, "Activists demand Phoenix City Council fire officers from viral encounter with family. Can they?," 20 June 2019 But O’Connell, a former criminal defense lawyer who was elected in November, wasn’t persuaded. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville police traffic search collapses after judge says the driver was coerced," 19 June 2019 Still, no president since 1952 has been re-elected with a Gallup job approval rating below 48%, the last reading for George W. Bush before his 2004 re-election. Shannon Pettypiece, Fortune, "Trump Should Be a Shoo-in for 2020, But Low Approval Holds Him Back," 18 June 2019

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First Known Use of elect

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for elect

Adjective

Middle English, from Latin electus, past participle of eligere to select, from e- + legere to choose — more at legend

Verb

Middle English, from Latin electus

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elect

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of elect

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: having been elected : chosen for a public office but not yet holding that office

elect

noun

English Language Learners Definition of elect (Entry 2 of 3)

: people who belong to a special group and have privileges that other people do not have

elect

verb

English Language Learners Definition of elect (Entry 3 of 3)

: to select (someone) for a position, job, etc., by voting
somewhat formal : to choose to do (something)

elect

verb
\ i-ˈlekt How to pronounce elect (audio) \
elected; electing

Kids Definition of elect

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to select by vote elect a senator
2 : to make a choice The team elected to kick off.

elect

adjective

Kids Definition of elect (Entry 2 of 2)

: chosen for office but not yet holding office the president-elect

Legal Definition of elect

1 : to select by vote for an office, position, or membership
2 : to make a selection of elected her statutory share over the gift under the will

intransitive verb

: to choose an elective share the right of a spouse to elect against the will

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